Jul 22 2004

SHELBY REACTS TO 9/11 COMMISSION FINAL REPORT

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), former Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, gave the following statement regarding the final report issued by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

“While I am still reviewing the content of the Commission’s report, I believe it reaffirms that our intelligence community is in need of massive structural reforms. I am pleased the report calls for a National Intelligence Director as I believe that is a critical reform if we are to improve intelligence sharing and coordination. However, I believe that the position should be cabinet-level, reporting directly to the President, with full budgetary authority over all intelligence funding.”

“I agree that our country, at all levels of government, did not fully understand or prepare for the post-Cold War threat of terrorism. I look forward to analyzing the Commission’s recommendations so that we as a nation and as a government can address and respond to the intelligence failures that led to 9/11. We must do everything in our power to prevent another terrorist attack in the United States.”